Fencing champion will get all A*s to check medication



champion fencer has obtained a full set of A*s in her A-levels and been given a spot at college to check medication.

Rhiannon Craig, 18, who represented Wales within the Commonwealth Video games 2022, solely returned dwelling from the competitors two days earlier than discovering out her excellent outcomes.

{The teenager} from Chepstow stated she now has her sights on being chosen for Workforce GB this autumn.

Ms Craig additionally plans to take up her spot on the College of Nottingham from September, the place she hopes to hitch their athletes programme and take her first steps in direction of her present dream of changing into a mind surgeon.

She advised PA information company: “I simply bought again from the Commonwealth Video games two days in the past, so it’s been a really, very good shock.

Ms Craig (third from left) stated: “There’s no attracts in fencing. You win otherwise you lose.” (Household handout)

“I’m actually wanting ahead to going to Nottingham now. They’ve a wonderful fencing group and that performed a giant half in why I selected to go there.”

Ms Craig stated she fell in love with fencing after being launched to it at a minority sports activities stall within the run-up to the 2012 Olympics aged six years previous.

“I used to be at an equestrian occasion with my mum who likes horses once we got here throughout the stall which was making an attempt to get youthful youngsters into sports activities,” she stated.

“I occurred to strive fencing and although the package was far too massive for me I actually loved it.

Fencing champion Rhiannon Craig fell in love with the game aged six (Household handout/PA) / PA Media

“We’d moved to Chepstow and there occurred to be a fencing membership there known as Gwent Sword, and so I went alongside to that.

“I believe my dad and mom had been form of hoping that I’d go alongside, I’d get hit a few instances and suppose ‘possibly not’,” she added jokingly.

“I simply completely fell in love with it. I really like how aggressive it’s – there’s no attracts in fencing. You win otherwise you lose.”

Ms Craig is now the Wales senior nationwide champion and competed in each the junior and senior Commonwealth Video games occasions for her nation.

Rhiannon Craig selecting up her A-level outcomes at Chepstow Faculty with appearing head trainer of Kelly Bowd (left), and part progress chief Sarah Harris (proper) (Chepstow Faculty/PA) / PA Media

She stated her lecturers at Chepstow Faculty had been supportive of her sporting endeavours and helped her by sending work to her whereas she was away at competitions.

Her love of sport additionally lead her to play an lively position within the faculty’s pupil management group, working alongside headteacher Matthew Sims to enhance sporting amenities.

“I actually imagine there’s a sport for everybody and that everybody ought to give sports activities a go even when you find yourself enjoying a super-obscure sport like fencing or one thing no-one has ever heard of,” Ms Craig stated.

Sport is an effective method to domesticate new friendships, in addition to holding match and getting out and about. And particularly with exams, and examination stress, it’s an incredible stress reliever.”

Training minister Jeremy Miles at Coleg Sir Gar in Llanelli, South Wales on A-level outcomes day. (Terry Morris/Welsh Authorities)

The share of A-level entries in Wales to be awarded the highest grades of A* and A this 12 months was 40.9%, the general cross charge for college kids being 98%.

Welsh schooling minister Jeremy Miles, who met college students getting their outcomes at Coleg Sir Gar on Thursday, stated: “What we hoped to see within the outcomes total this 12 months was a midpoint between final 12 months and 2019, and broadly talking that’s what we’ve seen.

“This has been a 12 months the place there was vital disruption once more and college students have proven nice resilience.

“I believe the circumstances confronted by younger individuals over the previous few years will imply many have turn out to be nice self-starters.”

Mr Miles stated he anticipated exams regulator {Qualifications} Wales can even permit subsequent 12 months’s college students to have superior info on subjects anticipated to be coated in exams as a consequence of disruption they skilled this 12 months to their research.

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